Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A spider bite gone bad?

JCK is plumb tuckered out, done in...exhausted. It all started with a small bite on her son's leg last week, which turned into a fast growing wound, with resultant fever, horrific headaches and what was well on its way to becoming a staff infection. A spider bite gone bad? Probably.

JCK's BOY endured a battery of blood tests (6 tubes of little boy blood), and multiple visits to the pediatrician. The test results were negative on all counts,(from W. Nile Virus and Cat Scratch Fever to Meningitis,) but that did not prevent ...a hospitalization last Thursday due to the infected leg getting worse.

At the hospital, her BOY was fine until it was time for the IV insertion. Thus ensued a 30 minute segment of JCK talking BOY down from the Panic Ceiling, where he was understandably stricken with fear. After the IV was done in BOY's small hand, he was moved to a room. The first visitor was a large therapy dog, who managed to climb up on BOY's hospital bed and make himself comfortable, all while not stepping on BOY. But, the most impressive person was BOY himself who managed to build numerous Lego creations, during his hospital stay, with one hand and his teeth.

After 24 hours of IV antibiotics, BOY was able to go home. He is doing well. However, sleeping on a chair that folded out into a sleeping cot, next to her sweet BOY who tossed and turned all night in discomfort from an IV drip in his hand, did not make for a restful slumber for JCK. She is taking a bit longer to recover...

After 4 nights of sleeping in her own bed, JCK is beginning to resurface. Right now she needs time to recharge, and rejuvenate, and declare that summer has begun by GOD, and isn't it time for Jack O'clock? She thinks so. Cheers!

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  1. I'm so glad he's okay! There is nothing scarier than a kid sick enough to be hospitalized.

  2. Oh, wow... I am so glad things have taken a turn for the better.

    Katie had a bad reaction to a bite on her leg last weekend. I took her to Urgent Care, and the doc said she had seen a lot of infected spider bites on legs that week.

    Katie's been on antibiotics, but after visiting her pediatrician we were thinking it was an allergic reaction instead. Benadryl took care of it, so our situation is clearly different from yours, but I still think it's interesting that we both have kids with bad reactions to bites.

  3. Someone sent me pictures of a guy with a horrendous spider bite, and I am now officially afraid of spiders!
    So glad your boy is okay. What a sweet photo of him sleeping.

  4. Therapy dogs are awesome! I'm so glad you're all healing up nicely. xo

  5. Poor BOY. Poor YOU! I'm glad things are getting better.

  6. That's one of the most intense types of stress. Last year when my daughter had a mysterious and severe health issue which required a week of hospitalization, and SIX MONTHS of nurse visits to our home each day, I didn't think I'd ever recover.

    I'm glad BOY is doing better.

  7. Poor sweetie! I agree with Jason. As much as I hate our trips to the ER for stitches, it's a known quantity. Illnesses of an unknown origin (or taking an unexpected turn) are so very much worse!

    Glad you're all on the mend. Give him an extra kiss from me. Thank God we live in areas with excellent medical care!

  8. Wow, scarey! I have read that spider bites can be this severe. I am sure that I'm reading this well after the crisis has become resolved and all is well. Give him a hug for me!

  9. Oh, that is scary! I'm so very glad that your sweet little boy is going to be OK.


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